Cabinet endorses UAE peace agreement with Israel

DG Staff

ABU DHABI 20 October 2020: A resolution to endorse the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement and full diplomatic relations between the UAE and the State of Israel, has been approved by the UAE Cabinet.

Chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the cabinet also directed the initiation of constitutional procedures to issue a Federal Decree ratifying the peace accord.

The cabinet expressed its confidence that the agreement will form a tributary of peace and stability that supports the aspirations of the peoples of the region and enhances its relentless pursuance to achieve prosperity and progress as it paves the way towards boosting the economic, cultural and knowledge relations and taking advantage of the opportunities and potentials of the two sides to contribute to shaping a brighter future based on understanding, cooperation and mutual respect, said official news agency Wam.

The agreement is an integrated framework for building positive relations between the two countries at various levels, in a way that contributes to laying the foundations of peace and security in the region as well as stimulating cooperation in the economic and scientific fields.

The cabinet also indicated that the agreement reflects the Emirati approach based on moderation, tolerance and prioritising the culture of dialogue as an effective means of rapprochement and achieving peace by bolstering the noble human principles and values, the foremost of which is understanding and coexistence.

The agreement, in its essence, is based on providing the space for constructive cooperation to create more opportunities for growth and development. It also addresses the existing challenges in the Middle East based on cooperation that guarantees the fulfilment of the aspirations of peoples and individuals, for a decent life and a secure future.

Emirati delegation in Israel to discuss cooperation

An Emirati delegation, led by Khadim Abdulla Aldarei, Co-Founder and the Vice Chairman of Al Dahra Holding, has visited Israel upon an invitation from Netafim, one of Israel’s leading companies in the field of innovative irrigation solutions and advanced agriculture, under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Israel.

During the visit, which is part of the recently signed peace accord between the UAE and Israel, both sides discussed ways of reinforcing the cooperation and strategic partnership in agriculture and technology.

The Emirati delegation first visited Alon Schuster, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Israel, to discuss available investment opportunities and ways of strengthening their commercial and agricultural cooperation, in addition to various topics related to food security.

The delegation also met several officials at the Volcani Centre, the agricultural research centre of Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture, and was briefed about the latest solutions and innovations in irrigation and agriculture.

The delegation also met with officials from Netafim and other companies operating in the sectors of dairy production, digital agriculture, atmospheric water generator, post-harvest technologies, pollination techniques, hydroponics and fish farming, fertilisers, and fresh products and olive oil.

At the end of the visit, four Memorandums of Understanding, MoUs, were signed between the two countries. The first was signed with Netafim to inaugurate its regional office in the UAE while the second MoU was signed with Grapa Varieties to promote cooperation in new types of fresh produce with copyrights.

The MoU will create further cooperation opportunities between the two sides, especially in countries where Grapa operates.

The third MoU was signed with the Volcani Centre to facilitate the launch of studies on the effects of salinity on agricultural production.

The Al Dahra Agriculture Company signed a fourth MoU with WaterGen, which develops advanced technologies in the field of water generation from the air.

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